In Summary
  • County Government Workers Union secretary general, Nairobi branch, Benson Olianga said the union expects the workers to be paid by September 5.

  • Governor Sonko said in a statement that a meeting with the union officials last week was fruitful and he would fast track the payments owed to workers.

  • Mr Olianga was, however, sceptical Governor Sonko will be able to fulfill his pledge to pay the workers by Monday, saying the county is facing a financial crisis.

Nairobi County workers have given Governor Mike Sonko until Wednesday to clear a debt of Sh18 billion the county owes them in unpaid statutory deductions and last month’s salary.

County Government Workers Union secretary general, Nairobi branch, Benson Olianga said the union expects the workers to be paid by September 5.

Mr Olianga said that the former government owes the workers Sh11 billion for Laptrust, Sh6 billion for Lapfund, over Sh500,000 in penalties for NHIF and NSSF deductions and Sh1.2 billion for salaries.

He said the union will issue a notice of strike on Thursday if they are not paid.

FAST TRACK PAYMENTS

Governor Sonko said in a statement that a meeting with the union officials last week was fruitful and he would fast track the payments owed to workers.

“It was an eye-opening experience listening to the challenges they have been grappling with. The last time employees were promoted was four years ago. The county owes current and former employees close to Sh18 billion in unremitted statutory deductions. This has caused untold suffering especially for those who have to pay from their pockets for treatment covered under NHIF. It has also caused untold suffering to retirees,” said Mr Sonko.

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